What the Banff

 
The summit of Sulphur Mountain, a World Heritage Site

The summit of Sulphur Mountain, a World Heritage Site

Solemates

Solemates

Gorgeous views from Lake Louise Ski Resort

Gorgeous views from Lake Louise Ski Resort

Aaron's Dream Bar

Aaron's Dream Bar

Off Trail Exploring in Johnston Canyon

Off Trail Exploring in Johnston Canyon

Last March my boyfriend and I traveled to the great white north, the land of mountains and maple syrup (both of which we are huge fans). We boarded & ice skated Lake Louise. We hiked to the Johnston Canyon waterfalls. (Invest in your own ice cleats for hiking Johnston Canyon in the winter. Or you could just leap from tree to tree like Aaron as featured in the video above). We also hiked to the summit of Sulphur Mountain (7,486 ft., but you can also take the Gondola), and then we completely indulged at Fairmont Banff Springs (Valet! Room service! Fluffy bathrobes! Jacuzzi tub! Champagne!). It was a dream. 

Aaron and I had both mentally written off the possibility of moving abroad this year and made our peace with patience, so we blew most of our travel fund on the trip. Six weeks later I was offered a teaching job in Colombia. Oops. At the time of the job offer, Banff felt like an expensive mistake. But I should have known better. To paraphrase Twain, in twenty years you'll be more disappointed by the adventures you didn't go on than the ones you did.

 
Comment

Ashley Peak

Teacher & traveler seeking bright sides and adventures. I recently left my position as a Title 1 middle school teacher in Spokane, WA for a position in Manizales, Colombia teaching English and Geography at a bilingual private school. I'm passionate about education in action, the power of literature, and traveling the world. Optimism Rampage is a place for me to reflect on the adventure. “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451